Where should I park? A guide to parking from the apartment hunt to coming home

Finding parking in the city can be challenging and expensive, and if you’re new in town, the old Pittsburgh trick of reserving your spot with a chair looks downright outlandish. So what’s an apartment hunter to do?

First things first, when you schedule an appointment to tour an apartment or house, ask where you should park when you get there. While large complexes with private parking lots might have “Future Resident” parking, plenty of places don’t have the space to offer that convenience. So unless you’re visiting a gated community, you’ll probably have to park on the street.

Be warned: rules for street parking vary from one municipality to the next. Mt. Lebanon, for example, has permit parking zones, and violators will be ticketed. In adjacent Castle Shannon, however, street parking tends to be less restricted. While all of Sleepy Hollow Road is no parking, Vermont Avenue and Greenridge Road are fair game.

Find a place to park before winter hits
Steel City will be covered in a blanket of white soon enough. Do you have covered parking?

So this is why you ask where to park when you schedule your tour, to let the local experts steer you in the right direction.

If you arrive at your destination and feel confused about how the parking works, read any signs carefully and follow your gut. If a curb is yellow or you see a hydrant,  don’t park there. If you read a sign that says “Permit Parking Only,” don’t park there. Don’t be afraid to ask when you meet up with your appointment, “I parked over there, is that OK?” That’s always a good question to ask.

Questions about parking are among the most important to ask when looking for a new home. You might be dazzled by low rent, but don’t forget to consider any additional costs for a parking permit or covered parking. Survey the area and ask how hard it is to find a spot on the street. Ask where your guests are allowed to park. You might find that comparing parking situations can help you choose between prospective apartments. It’s also a good idea at this time to ask where you’d be allowed to park a moving van and for how long. In Castle Shannon, for example, street parking of trailers is prohibited.

Once you’re officially a resident in your new home, your landlord will most likely give you instructions for where to park. If not, be sure to ask for clarification. Always remember to follow the parking guidelines set out by your landlord and municipality. Breaking the rules could lead to tickets, tow trucks, and angry neighbors. Here are a few no-no’s to keep in mind:

  • Never block a dumpster
  • Don’t let your guests park in permit only spots
  • Never take a neighbor’s assigned spot
  • Don’t block in another car
  • Don’t block a driveway or garage

Additionally, if your landlord issued you a parking permit—even if it was free—keep it up-to-date. If you replace your car, make sure your landlord updates their records and gives you a new permit if necessary. If you get an additional vehicle, get that on file and permitted as well. If your landlord only issues one permit per apartment, find alternate parking for your second vehicle to avoid inconveniencing your neighbors and getting ticketed, or worse, towed.

Winter is around the corner: are you ready?

Mid-September might seem a bit early to discuss prepping for winter, but according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’re in for a cold, snowy one as well as a white Thanksgiving. Here are some tips to help you get ready.

  • Take out window ac units. Lots of cold air seeps in around an ac, so remove it before it gets cold to cut back on energy costs. Plus, if you like a tidy home, time is running out to clean your windows inside and out, so why not tackle it all at once.

    Prep before snow falls on Pittsburgh
    Steel City will be covered in a blanket of white soon enough. Is your home ready?
  • Insulate windows. We’ve mentioned window insulating kits before as a means of saving energy, but it can’t be repeated enough that the cheap, easy to use kits are well worth it. Even if heat and other utilities are included in your rent, rising energy costs lead to rising rent, so it still pays to insulate.
  • Sweep out your garage. Those fallen leaves are accumulating and you  won’t want to deal with them once there’s snow on the ground. Remember to keep the door shut so animals looking for a cozy spot don’t get any ideas.
  • Rent a garage. For those of you who aren’t already taking advantage of covered parking opportunities, now is the time to look into it. You’ll be thankful come November that you’re not stuck outside scraping ice off the windshield.
  • Make any necessary calls to maintenance. You probably have a small thing or two that needs attention: a drain that’s not clogged but running slowly, a sticky door handle, or something else that isn’t an immediate concern. The sooner you call maintenance the better because with the first snow fall, even a robust crew will be busy.
  • Buy rock salt and a shovel. Even if you rent and don’t have to worry about clearing sidewalks or driveways, it’s smart to have a bag of rock salt in the trunk of your car in case you get stuck somewhere. And that shovel will come in handy if the plow piles snow against your car as it clears the road. (That garage sure is sounding nice, isn’t it?)

Fall is a nice time to move: beat the heat of summer AND the chill of winter. Contact Prudential Realty Company for our current availability.

Oops: Alvern Gardens March newsletter error

Alvern Gardens’ monthly newsletter came out on Friday, but a key piece of information somehow absconded from the second page: the answers to the March trivia. So for anyone who received the newsletter and wants some answers, here they are (no cheating!):

  1. Pisces
  2. March 15th, the middle of the month, Julius Caesar
  3. Mars, the Roman god of war
  4. Basketball

 

If you didn’t get a newsletter and are curious what the questions for these answers are, stop by the Alvern Gardens Apartments leasing office, located at 1000 Vermont Avenue Apt. 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15234, and pick up a free copy. Our newsletter features announcements about the community, such as garages available for rent; a calendar of important dates; information about our referral bonus; and a form for providing a tenant testimony for this blog.

Apartments with covered parking in Pittsburgh

Finding parking in the city can be a hassle (just ask yinzers why they sometimes reserve their spot with a chair), but at a few of Prudential Realty Company’s properties covered parking means you always have a spot for your vehicle.

Alvern Gardens Apartments

Alvern Gardens Apartments has the cheapest garages for rent at just $50/month. While uncovered parking on the property is free, there’s nothing like the security of locking up your baby to keep it safely out of the elements.

To find out the current availability at Alvern Gardens and to ask about apartment amenities, call 412-561-4663 or email alverngardens@yahoo.com and be sure to ask about the current special.

Sleepy Hollow Townhouses

covered parking
Some of the Sleepy Hollow Townhouses have a little deck over the garage entrance, so a second car in the driveway can be partially covered as well.

The attached garages are included in the $715/month rent on these 3 bedroom townhouses. Some of these townhouses even have partially covered parking in front of the garage thanks to the front deck. The best part: the garages are accessible through the basement, so you don’t even have to go outside to get to your car.

Call 412-401-9848 or email sleepyhollow@prudentialrealty.com to get more information about townhouse amenities and the current availability.

Place Seville Apartments

For $60/month tenants can rent a spot in Place Seville’s garage.

Details about amenities and availability may be acquired by calling 412-563-7256 or emailing placeseville@prudentialrealty.com

Cornell Place Apartments

Parking spaces in Cornell Place’s garage are $75/month. This is a competitive price considering Mt. Lebanon’s permit parking can get expensive.

For more information on Cornell Place’s amenities and availability, call 412-401-9848 or email cornellplace@prudentialrealty.com

Brett Apartments

Those looking for apartments with covered parking in Shadyside might want to check out Brett Apartments. An additional $100/month gets residents of the building a garage space.

Contact the building manager at 412-722-8546 or brettapts@prudentialrealty.com for information on availability and apartment amenities.

If you’re sick of digging your car out of the snow, contact Prudential Realty Company to inquire about properties with covered parking.

Alvern Gardens, A Prudential Realty Community

Alvern Gardens, A Prudential Realty Community

Welcome to Alvern Gardens, a garden style community in Castle Shannon, just south of Pittsburgh. We offer apartments from efficiencies to 3 bedrooms, from $555 to $780 plus electric.

Our location

Alvern Gardens is nestled in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh. The borough of Castle Shannon has that small-town feel just south of the bustling city.

Vermont Avenue and Greenridge Road are quiet residential streets just minutes from shopping and restaurants.

Our amenities

Laundry facilities and storage lockers are in the basements of each of our buildings, and in the summers our pool offers tenants a refreshing weekend getaway.

Our 24 hour emergency maintenance is always available, and our grounds are kept clean and well groomed through all seasons. The parking is free, but we also rent garages at $50 per month.

Our surroundings

Hop on the T (Pittsburgh’s light rail system) at St. Anne’s just a block off the property and be downtown in 20 minutes, or ride in the opposite direction for shopping and movies at South Hills Village Mall. A quick drive will also take you to any number of stores and shopping centers, as well as South Park, where you can soak in the greenery, play a round of golf, or go ice skating in the winter.

Contact us to schedule a tour

alverngardens@yahoo.com

412-561-4663